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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



In defence of flag burning

This is a link to me going head to head with David Oldfield on radio station 2UE 2 and a half years ago in defence of flag burning.

It was prompted by a young Aboriginal girl burning the Australian flag on the stairs of Old Parliament House on Invasion Day in 2012. It is the second audio down on the page.

I am reposting this because students in Melbourne have been charged after burning the Australian flag at a pro-Palestine rally in Melbourne at Foreign Affairs offices there.



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Comment from Fred
Time July 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I think you are being a bit loose with the truth.

The article you linked to says “Student protesters have been arrested after burning an Australian flag they had stolen from a government office, Jacqueline Felgate reports”

They stole a flag and burned it. How would you like it if someone stole your property and burned it?

Comment from John
Time July 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I dunno, but the presumption of innocence might apply here mightn’t it? I guess we don’t need courts to convict people anymore, just the say so of the media or police. Is that how it works now?

Comment from Fred
Time July 25, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I don’t think anyone said they shouldn’t be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

But you’re trying to make this issue about flag burning, when it is really about flag stealing.

Comment from John
Time July 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

It is a convenient way to attempt to silence those who burn the flag.

Comment from Chris Warren
Time July 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm


So what did the Australian government, under this flag, steal from Aboriginal people?

Rather more than a totem, I think.

Comment from John
Time July 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Good point Chris.

Comment from paul walter
Time July 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Some times something is so dire that something extraordinory must happen to break through the dissonance.

The protestors are strongly, humanely motivated, doing for society what a paramedic does for a near-death heart attack victim using defibrillation.

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